Leena Rao

Leena Rao
Leena Rao is currently a Managing Editor for TechCrunch. She recently finished graduate school at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she studied business journalism and videography. From 2004 to 2007, she helped lead Congresswoman Carloyn Maloney's community outreach and relations efforts in New York City. She graduated from Columbia University in 2003, where she was the captain of the women's varsity tennis team. She has also contributed technology content for Oprah.com. Disclosure: My husband, Suneel Gupta, was previously an employee of Groupon. We hold stock in Facebook. We also have investments in several mutual funds, some of which are technology-focused. And I hold a miniscule amount of shares in AOL, TechCrunch's parent company. My husband sits on the advisory boards of Adaptly and ToyTalk, and is a shareholder of both companies. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Comcast's OnDemand Reaches 11 Billion Views, Nearly Twice The Number Of iTunes Music Downloads

    Comcast has reached the 11-billion views milestone for its On Demand video services since the launch of the feature 6 years ago. The cable operator threw out some interesting factoids to help measure the magnitude of its milestone. Comcast points out that 11 billion views is nearly two times the total number of music downloads (6 billion) sold on iTunes since its launch six years ago. The… Read More

  • Veoh Lays Off 25 Employees And Shifts Focus Away From Competing With YouTube And Hulu

    In the world of Web video, either you are YouTube or you are in trouble. Today, well-funded video site Veoh laid off 25 people, the company confirmed today. The layoffs were brought on by a restructuring, as the company shifts focus away from its standalone site, says founder and now-reinstated CEO Dmitry Shapiro. Shapiro replaces former CEO Steve Mitgang. With both today’s layoffs… Read More

  • chi.mp Lets You Own And Keep Your Web Identity All In One Place

    Are you a chump for putting all your data on social networking and media sites and not having any real control over it? chi.mp thinks so. chi.mp is a service for owning and managing your online identity, and is now open to the public. Previously in private beta, chi.mp ( which stands for Content Hub & Identity Management Platform), allows people to bring together their presence on from… Read More

  • eBay Launches Beta Of Selling Manager Application For Developers and Sellers

    eBay has launched the beta of the eBay Selling Manager Applications, which will enable third party developers to easily embed their applications where professional sellers manage their online business at My eBay. eBay is also making Selling Manager free of charge to all US sellers this summer, so developers can tap into eBay’s pool of millions of active sellers. And in return, sellers… Read More

  • Nomee Is An All-In-One Social Networking Aggregator And RSS Feed

    Startup Nomee aggregates social networks and websites into a free Adobe Air powered desktop application that helps you manage these networks and sites into a single interface. The nomee personal all-in-one dashboard aggregates all your favorite social networking sites (you can manage profiles from up to 100 networks including Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn and Digg ) and RSS… Read More

  • Hewlett-Packard Making Its Mark In The Cloud With HP Cloud Assure

    Hewlett-Packard has made its mark in the cloud computing space with today’s rollout of HP Cloud Assure, a new SaaS designed to help businesses adopt cloud-based services in a secure platform. HP Cloud Assure is made up of a suite of the company’s software, including HP Application Security Center, HP Performance Center and HP Business Availability Center. HP will also provide… Read More

  • Google Adsense Says Goodbye To Video Units Feature

    Google AdSense is eliminating its video units feature, which allows publishers to show YouTube content and video ads on their pages. Google says that by the end of April, the feature will be fully eliminated for existing AdSense clients and that new clients of the revenue sharing ad program will no longer be given the option to place video ads on their pages through the program. Publishers… Read More

  • NextStart Gives South Carolina A Startup Incubator

    NextStart is the latest Y Combinator-esque startup incubator to emerge to support young entrepreneurs and their ideas. The Greenville, South Carolina-based organization is offering a summer immersion entrepreneur development program to attract promising entrepreneurs to the Carolina region. The program works similarly to other incubators like Y Combinator and TechStars in providing seed money… Read More

  • More Layoffs Hit hi5

    We’ve confirmed that hi5, the third largest social network in the world, is laying off employees today. hi5’s VP of Marketing, Mike Trigg, wouldn’t say how many employees were being let go but we’ve received multiple independent tips that the social network laid off 50% of its staff. Previous to this round of layoffs, hi5 employed around 100 people. Trigg said the… Read More

  • Financial Trading Platform eToro Secures $6.3 Million In Series B Funding

    Online financial trading platform eToro has secured $6.3 million in Series B financing from BRM Group, Cubit Investments and other unnamed investors. In 2007, the Cyprus-based startup raised $1.7 million in Series A funding from Cubit Investments, Chemi Peres, and other investors. The financial trading company, which launched originally as an online foreign exchange trading platform, is small… Read More

  • AirCoaster iPhone App Turns The Stock Market Into A Scary Ride

    The stock market has been a wild ride the past 12 months. If you don’t feel sick already, you can actually turn the ups and downs of the stock market into a virtual roller coaster. Ziconic, the developers of AirCoaster 3D, a high speed 3D roller coaster app for the iPhone, has turned the Dow Jones and Apple stock charts into roller coaster tracks that users can download and ride. The… Read More

  • Cloud Management Provider Sonoa Systems Lands Deal With MTVN

    Sonoa Systems, a provider of analytics, management, and governance solutions for cloud services and APIs, has struck a deal with MTV Networks (MTVN) to optimize the network’s online and mobile content distributions. Sonoa’s product, ServiceNet, will help MTVN manage the delivery of video feeds as the they open their APIs to partners and consumers in the cloud. MTVN is using… Read More

  • Online Journalists More Optimistic About The Future Of Journalism than Print Peers

    The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism released a study today that claims bloggers and journalists have an “uneasy” optimism about the future of news media on the web. But, the study says, their optimism definitely trumps that of broadcast and print employees in traditional media industries. According to the study, most journalists who work in the… Read More

  • Kickapps Embraces Facebook Connect And OpenID

    Even white label social networks like Kickapps realize there is no use competing with the viral social networking power of Facebook and MySpace. Instead, Kickapps now wants to ride on their coattails to engage clients in using their platform as a social network. Kickapps, a white label social networking startup, will now support Facebook Connect and OpenID on KickApps-powered… Read More

  • Spiceworks Adds Social Media Widgets To IT Networking Software

    IT software maker Spiceworks has developed a set of customized plugins and widgets in a variety of categories for the Spiceworks desktop. Spiceworks’ ad-supported, free IT management software allows IT managers at small to mid-size businesses keep track of their network assets, run a helpdesk, monitor activity, receive reports and troubleshoot network problems. The plugins let you… Read More

  • InternSHARE Blends Internship Postings With Ratings

    internSHARE is an all-in-one internship job and review portal where students can not only find a internship but also access the reviews of internships at companies, submitted by former interns. Internships can often be a hit or miss in terms of experience. Some companies merely make interns fetch coffee and make copies while others let interns step into the roll of a full-time junior employees. Read More

  • RebelVox Makes Your Voicemail More Like Email

    RebelVox is a voice communications platform that aims to makes your voicemail function more like email. The technology is not yet available for consumers, but it will soon be shopped around to developers who may want to incorporate it in other apps. RebelVox’s technology will allow you to leave a voicemail for someone without actually making a call to the person. RebelVox’s mobile… Read More

  • rPath Helps Businesses Deploy Applications In The Cloud

    rPath, a company that specializes in technology that simplifies the distribution and consumption of applications via virtual appliances is making some interesting moves in cloud computing. Basically, rPath helps business close the gap between applications and operations by ensuring the delivery of application deployment quickly and inexpensively. Now rPath is using this technology to help… Read More

  • Mortgage Recommender Home-Account Secures $1 Million In Seed Funding

    Home-Account, a recently launched mortgage finding and counseling service, has secured $1 million in seed and angel funding. The largest investor is Charles River Ventures, who gave the startup $300,000 through their QuickStart Seed Funding Program (the program usually only gives startups $250,000 but saw promise in Home-Account). Additional investors include many well-known Silicon Valley… Read More

  • Apple's iPhone App Refund Policies Could Bankrupt Developers

    We reported yesterday about Apple’s alleged delay in payments to iPhone app developers, but there is more alarming news from iPhone developers about Apple’s refund policies. Apparently, if iPhone users decide that they want a refund for an app (users can get a refund within 90 days, according to Apple policy), Apple requires that developers give back the money they received from… Read More